Tina Gerhardt

Tina Gerhardt is an academic and journalist who covers environmental politics. Her work has appeared in Alternet, Grist, The Huffington Post, In These Times, and The Nation.

hu vs. chu

Sputnik moment: Historic meeting between U.S. and China may spur a clean energy race

In China, a race toward self-reliance and clean energy is certainly on, but the U.S. still needs to make some key changes if it wants to compete.

tilting at windmills

Obama admin takes aim at China's renewable-energy subsidies

Last week, the Obama administration filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over China's wind-power subsidies.

Down with capitalism

Bolivia ‘people’s conference’ calls for system change, not climate change

Photo: The City Project via FlickrCOCHABAMBA, Bolivia — A fundamental critique of capitalism as the source of climate change pervaded the People’s World Conference on Climate Change, from the opening speech of Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday to the final declaration agreed upon Thursday. On the first day, as 15,000 people from 125 countries gathered for the summit, Morales laid out his view bluntly: “Either capitalism lives or Mother Earth lives.” “The main cause of climate change is capitalism,” he continued. “As people who inhabit Mother Earth, we have the right to say that the cause is capitalism, to …

The “people’s climate conference” in Bolivia kicks off with ambitious aims

TIQUIPAYA, Bolivia — This small town outside Cochabamba, Bolivia — where cows roam freely and campesinos grow fruit, vegetables, and flowers to sell at the local market — is a far cry from Copenhagen.  But it’s the latest gathering place in the ongoing effort to shape an effective global response to climate change.  Here, Bolivian President Evo Morales is convening the People’s World Conference on Climate Change this week, an alternative to the unwieldy and thus far unsuccessful U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.  NGOs, scientists, activists, indigenous leaders, and representatives of 60 to 70 national governments are coming together …

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